It doesn’t matter what kind of industry you are involved in, you always have to worry about health and safety at work. Though there are some occupations that are more dangerous than others, there is always something that can go wrong at any type of job. Even if you work in the mail room at a large corporation, there are many things that can happen to you. This is why you should always carefully read through your employee handbook to make sure you know safety procedures to keep you safe, as well as what to do in the event of an emergency.
For my husband, health and safety at work is a huge issue. He works in construction, and this means that he is at high risk for injury each and every day when he goes to work. His company is very good about health and safety at work, but there are many construction companies who are not. His company knows that not only can people get hurt, there are many legal issues involved when employees do not follow safety regulations.
If you’re concerned about health and safety at work, you should speak to a supervisor. Let them know that you are not clear about what you should be doing to stay safe, or if there is a specific issue that is bothering you. For the most part, they should be able to go through your employee handbook with you to show you the specific rules about health and safety at work. If you’re not satisfied with what you find, make sure you speak up so that the issue can be resolved. When potential safety issues are ignored, people get hurt.
If you cannot seem to get the health and safety issues at work resolved to your satisfaction, make sure you speak up. Most companies have to answer to OSHA. This is an agency that make sure companies are taking health and safety at work seriously. They may come any time to inspect the working conditions of just about any establishment you can think of. If there are serious violations the business may be shut down. When you feel your safety is not being taken seriously, you may have to ask OSHA for help. You may be worried that this will brand you a troublemaker, but no one has to know you were the one who called. If your company does not take your health and safety seriously, you may not want to be working for them anyway.